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Phelps-Lochte gold medal showdown on NBC in primetime on Thursday

by jmaloni
Thu, Aug 2nd 2012 09:00 am

Missy Franklin swims 100m freestyle gold medal final; Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman compete in women's gymnastics all-around gold medal final

Two-time defending champion Michael Phelps and world record holder Ryan Lochte go head-to-head in the final of the 200 individual medley on NBC in primetime on Thursday night. Also in primetime, Missy Franklin looks to earn her third gold - fourth medal overall - in the 100m freestyle. Team gold medal gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman compete in the women's all-around gold medal final.

Live on NBC Sports Network, Team USA's men's basketball team, including Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, continues their quest for the gold as they take on Nigeria at 5:15 p.m.

Live on NBC in daytime, Team USA's men's water polo team, led by captain Tony Azevedo, compete against Olympic host nation Great Britain at 1:20 p.m.

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For the full schedule of NBCUniversal's Olympic coverage, visit NBCOlympics.com.

Listings subject to change (all times ET unless otherwise noted). Changes are italicized.

THURSDAY, AUG. 2 (Day 6)


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Swimming - Qualifying Heats

Men's Water Polo - U.S. vs. Great Britain (LIVE)

Cycling - Track Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Canoeing -

Whitewater, Men's C-2 Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
White Water, Women's K-1 Gold Medal Final

Rowing - Gold Medal Finals

Beach Volleyball -

Women's Kessy/Ross (U.S.) vs. Liliana/Baquerizo (Spain) (LIVE)
Men's - Rogers/Dalhausser (U.S.) vs. Benes/Kubala (Czech Republic) (LIVE)

Michael Phelps' qualifying swim in the 100 butterfly, the event he won by the narrowest of margins - just .01 seconds - over Serbia's Milorad Cavic in Beijing. Plus 17-year old Colorado phenom Missy Franklin swims in the 200 backstroke, where she is the reigning world champion and favorite for gold.

•Live coverage of the U.S. men's water polo team against host Great Britain. The U.S. men earned a surprise silver in Beijing, but are focused on gold in London. Led by captain Tony Azevedo, the team sacrificed hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively by not playing professionally overseas this year to train together for the Olympics.

•Live coverage of the men's and women's team sprint track cycling finals from what promises to be one of the most exciting venues of the Games, the Velodrome.

•Live coverage of beach volleyball, one of the Games' hottest sports, comes to the heart of ceremonial London, at Horse Guards Parade. Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, "The Professor" and "The Thin Beast," continue their gold medal defense.

8 p.m. - midnight

Women's Gymnastics - All-Around Gold Medal Final

Swimming - Gold Medal Finals

Men's 200M Backstroke
-Men's 200M Individual Medley
-Women's 200M Breaststroke
-Women's 100M Freestyle

Men's Volleyball - U.S. vs. Brazil

Rowing - Women's Eights Gold Medal Final

•The last two Olympic all-around champions, Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008), both hailed not only from the U.S., but from the very same Texas gym. With Michigan's Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world all-around champion, and Virginia-born Gabby Douglas, who trained for the Games in West Des Moines alongside four-time Beijing medalist Shawn Johnson, the U.S. has two gymnasts with gold medal potential. Tonight they're expected to go toe-to-toe with a pair of talented Russian rivals, Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova.

•Coverage of the U.S. men's volleyball team against Brazil. The American men won their first Olympic gold in 20 years in Beijing and have been surging recently as they look to repeat as Olympic champions.

•Thursday is the 200m individual medley, Round 2 of Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte. Phelps is the reigning Olympic champion and Lochte is the reigning world champion and current world record holder. Phelps nipped Lochte by less than a tenth of a second at trials. It will be part of a very busy night for Lochte, who is favored for gold in the 200m backstroke that begins just 30 minutes before his clash with Phelps. For Lochte, who turns 28 the following day, there would be no better birthday present than a pair of gold medals. Meanwhile, Missy Franklin, dives in for the 100m freestyle, the fifth of seven events on her ambitious Olympic program. In the 200m breaststroke, Rebecca Soni is the reigning Olympic and world champion, and she has a chance to here to complete the first women's breaststroke sweep in 16 years.

•And in rowing, the U.S. women's eight has won every world and Olympic title since 2006 and will attempt to build on its dynasty in the nation that helped give rise to competitive rowing nearly 200 years ago.

12:35 - 1:35 a.m.

Men's Table Tennis - Singles Gold Medal Final

Rowing - Gold Medal Final

Cycling - Track Events

•Gold medals are on the line in men's table tennis and women's whitewater kayaking.


9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Swimming - Qualifying Heats

Men's Basketball - Qualifying Round

Men's Volleyball - Qualifying Round

Boxing - Elimination Bouts

Tennis - Semifinals and Quarterfinals

Beach Volleyball - Qualifying Round

Midnight - 2:30 a.m.

Women's Gymnastics - All-Around Gold Medal Final

Swimming - Gold Medal Finals

FRIDAY, AUG. 3 (Day 7)


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Swimming - Qualifying Heats

Track and Field -

Women's 10,000M Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
-Qualifying Rounds

Beach Volleyball - Elimination Round (LIVE)

Women's Water Polo - U.S. vs. China (LIVE)

Rowing - Gold Medal Final

•Key qualifying heats in swimming, including the men's and women's 4x100 medley relays, both events that the U.S. has a good chance to win.

•Live coverage of track and field's women's 10,000 meters. Sensational Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot looks to add her first Olympic title a year after winning both the 5000m and 10,000m at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Plus, important qualifying rounds in other track and field events, including the women's 400m, featuring American Sanya Richards-Ross.

•Live coverage of the U.S. women's water polo team vs. China. The Americans have earned a medal at each of the three Olympics since women's water polo made its Olympic debut in 2000, but have never won gold. They look to have their strongest team yet in London.

•Plus, live coverage of beach volleyball's crucial elimination round from historic Horse Guards Parade and live coverage of gymnastics' men's trampoline gold medal final. Also, Olympic gold is on the line in rowing from Eton Dorney.

8 p.m. - Midnight

Swimming - Gold Medal Finals

Men's 100M Butterfly
-Men's 50M Freestyle
-Women's 200M Backstroke
-Women's 800M Freestyle

Track and Field - Men's Shot Put Gold Medal Final

Women's Diving - Springboard Qualifying

Women's Volleyball - U.S. vs. Serbia

Men's Gymnastics - Trampoline Gold Medal Final

•Michael Phelps hits the water for his final individual race - the 100m butterfly, which he memorably won in Beijing over Serbia's Milorad Cavic by just .01 seconds - a margin undetectable to the naked eye. Missy Franklin is a heavy favorite in the 200m backstroke and figures to threaten the world record. While another teenager, Bethesda, Md., native Katie Ledecky, who at 15 is the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic swim team, swims in the 800m freestyle, in which Great Britain's reigning Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington is the favorite. The night also includes the men's 50m freestyle. Known as the "splash and dash," the fastest event in swimming is notoriously hard to predict, but Auburn-trained Brazilian Cesar Cielo has done his best to take the mystery out of the results, winning this event in Beijing as well as at the two world championships since. Chasing him will be 2008 relay gold medalist Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin, the 2000 co-gold medalist in this event who remarkably returned to the top of the sport after a nearly decade-long absence.

•On the first night of track and field, the U.S. has three strong medal contenders in the men's shot put in Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell and Ryan Whiting - all of whom own world championship titles. Hoffa, who can solve a Rubik's Cube in under a minute, posted the world's best throw at the Olympic Trials.
•In women's volleyball, Team USA, which faces an up-and-coming Serbia squad tonight, is favored for its first ever Olympic gold medal. It would be the second in a row for the team's head coach Hugh McCutcheon, who coached the U.S. men to the Olympic title in 2008.

12:35 - 1:35 a.m.

Track and Field - Qualifying Rounds

Cycling - Track Gold Medal Finals

•At the Olympic Stadium in London, track and field's finest look to advance toward gold medal finals.


4 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Women's Soccer - Quarterfinals (LIVE)

Women's Basketball - U.S. vs. Czech Republic (LIVE)

Beach Volleyball - Elimination Round (LIVE)

Women's Volleyball - Brazil vs. China (LIVE)

Boxing - Elimination Bouts

Men's Archery - Individual Gold Medal Final

Men's Shooting -

50M Prone Rifle Gold Medal Final
-Rapid Fire Pistol


•In archery, Glendale, Ariz., outdoorsman Brady Ellison is the favorite to win the first U.S. gold medal in this event since 1996.


7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tennis - Singles and Mixed Doubles Semifinals (LIVE)


•Live tennis coverage continues from the historic grass courts of Wimbledon, with the semifinals in men's singles, women's singles and mixed doubles.


9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Men's Gymnastics - Trampoline Qualifying (LIVE)

Women's Water Polo - Qualifying Round

Russia vs. Australia (LIVE)
-Spain vs. Hungary

Weightlifting - Gold Medal Finals

Men's 85KG Gold Medal Final
-Women's 75KG Gold Medal Final

Women's Handball - Denmark vs. Norway (LIVE)

Equestrian - Dressage Qualifying

Badminton -

Men's and Women's Singles Semifinals
-Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Final
-Table Tennis - U.S. vs. Japan


•A wide array of events includes live coverage of men's trampoline qualifying, featuring New Jersey native Steven Gluckstein, who edged his brother, Jeffrey, for the American spot in London.


5 - 8 p.m.

Boxing - Elimination Bouts


•Two of the best U.S. hopes for boxing medals, flyweight Rau'shee Warren and welterweight Errol Spence, Jr., compete in the round of 16.


4 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball - Qualifying Round

U.S. vs. Czech Republic (LIVE)
-Russia vs. Australia (LIVE)
-Brazil vs. Canada (LIVE)
-Angola vs. Croatia (LIVE)
-Turkey vs. China (LIVE)
-France vs. Great Britain (LIVE)


7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer - Quarterfinals (LIVE)


9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Swimming - Qualifying Heats

Track and Field - Qualifying Rounds

Women's Volleyball - Qualifying Round

Tennis - Singles Semifinals

Beach Volleyball - Elimination Round

Boxing - Elimination Bouts

Midnight - 2:30 a.m.

Swimming - Gold Medal Finals

Track and Field - Gold Medal Final

Women's Diving - Springboard Qualifying


5 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Women's Gymnastics - All-Around Gold Medal Final

Swimming - Gold Medal Finals

Canoeing - Whitewater Gold Medal Final

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